The dry season in Laos typically runs from October to April, and the wet season from May until September, with the heaviest rainfall generally in August & September, especially in the south. The hottest time of the year in Laos is typically between the months of March and June, when temperatures can climb to 35°C and above.
  • Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang, surrounded by jungle and ‘cut through’ by the flow of the Mekong River, has a typical tropical-monsoon climate and tends to be cooler than destinations further south. The dry season is split into two halves, with the latter months being the hottest. During its ‘coldest’ months (December and January), temperatures can settle at around 17°C and nights and early mornings can be chilly. Once you reach March temperatures start to rise and come April and May it can peak as high as 31°C+.

    During the wet season (May to October) you can expect heavy downpours for short periods, most commonly during the night or early morning. Initially this rarely lasts more than an hour or two, and helps to clear the air, leaving bright blue skies in its wake. Come August and September the rainfall can be more prolonged.
  • The Mekong River

    February & March

    In recent years water levels on certain stretches of the Mekong River have reached record lows during February and March. This is not simply due to lower rainfall and global warming, but because of eight new Chinese ‘super-dams’ stemming the water flow to ensure a plentiful water supply to regions of China outside the Mekong River’s natural basin. The result of this damming is that the river's fish stocks are declining dramatically in the lower Mekong countries, with other wildlife expected to become quickly over-hunted as a result.

    At this time a typically disappointing amount of international pressure is being applied to China to exercise more stringent control on their damming procedure to ensure the countries of the lower Mekong receive acceptable levels of water.

Laos Frequent Ask & Questions

You have two ways to book ticket on Lao Airlines:
Booking an Airline Ticket Online and Booking an Airline Ticket with a Travel Agent

The Discovery Airpass will allow you to take advantage of the expanded network of routes between Asia’s most exciting destinations – at a fraction of regular fares. For the first time ever, visitors can fly economically cheap and convenient around Asia

Some information about bus from Vietiane to Luan Prabang
– travel by bus/minivan takes about 10- 13 hours from Vientiane to Luang Prabang (340 km)
– modern, sleeper and comfortable buses or minivans (minivans are faster)
– the one-way bus ticket costs about $22-30
– come to the station at least 30 minutes before departure
– bus of Naga Travel – come to check in at least 60 minutes before departure and wait in front of Khop Chai Deu restaurant, then the representative will come to pick you up
– read the all aditional information before you book and buy your tickets
book and buy bus e-tickets to Luang Prabang and see schedule on Baolau or 12go.asia
– you will receive your e-ticket by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus
Some bus/minivan companies you can refer: King of bus, Malany, Naga Travel, PST Transit Service, Soutchai Travel…

Some restaurant you can refer:
1. La Belle Epoque at The Luang Say Residence : Europe, Asian, French, International, Vegetarian options, Gluten free options
Address: 4-5 ban Phonepheng, Luang Prabang, Laos, Luang Prabang 71, Lào
Tel: +856 71 260 891
2. L'Elephant Restaurant: Asian, French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Address: Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Tel: +856 71 252 482
3. phonheuang Cafe: Cafe, Thai, Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Address: Kounxuoa, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Tel: +856 20 22 350 018
4. Viewpoint Cafe: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Address: Mekong Riverside Road | Xieng Thong Village, Luang Prabang 183, Laos
Tel: +856 71 254 900
5. Bamboo Garden Restaurant: Asian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Address: 49/3 Wisunalat Road, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Tel: +856 20 97 188 899

Savannakhet is a major departure point and pivot point for buses to Central Coast Vietnam. In addition to dreadful local buses, there are a handful of scheduled VIP bus departures, still dependent on demand. Inquire at the bus station to see what’s available/book ticket in advance. After passing Vietnamese immigration, don’t be surprised if you’re put onto another bus.
Note that local bus services (ie buses that leave Savannakhet in the afternoon or early evening), arrive at the border at around 03:00, so passengers have to wait/sleep until the checkpoint opens at 08:00.
Hue VIP bus: departs daily at 08:00. Costs 110,000 kip and takes 8 hrs.
Savannakhet – Đông Hà, Huế 09:00 20:00 Everyday Costs 110,000
link order bus: https://dulichbui.org/cam-nang/9072-xe-bus-di-tu-lao-ve-viet-nam.dlb

Speedboats are great option for adventuros people because it’s very fast and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along both side of rivers. But for people who don't like thrills, then we recommend that you should not try it.

The Visa On Arrival Fees as at February 2014, taken directly off the board at Luang Prabang International Airport, are as follows for each nationality:
1. Afghanistan $40
2. Albania $30
3. Algeria $30
4. Andorra $30
5. Angola $30
6. Antigua & Barbuda $30
7. Argentina $30
8. Armenia $30
9. Australia $30
10. Austria $35
11. Azerbaijan $30
12. Bahamas $30
13. Bahrain $30
14. Bangladesh $40
15. Barbados $30
16. Belarus $30
17. Belgium $35
18. Belize $30
19. Benin $30
20. Bhutan $30
21. Bolivia $30
22. Bosnia & Herzegovina $30
23. Botswana $30
24. Brazil $30
25. Brunei Darussalam $30
26. Bulgaria $30
27. Burkina Faso $30
28. Burundi $30
29. Cambodia $30
30. Cameroon $30
31. Canada $42
32. Cape Verde $30
33. Central African Republic $30
34. Chad $30
35. Chile $30
36. China $20
37. Colombia $30
38. Comoros $30
39. Congo $30
40. Costa Rica $30
41. Cote d'Ivoire $30
42. Croatia $30
43. Cuba $30
44. Cyprus $35
45. Czech Republic $30
46. North Korea $30
47. Denmark $35
48. Djibouti $30
49. Dominica $30
50. Dominican Republic $30
51. Ecuador $30
52. Egypt $30
53. El Salvador $30
54. England $35
55. Equatorial Guinea $30
56. Eritrea $30
57. Estonia $30
58. Ethiopia $30
59. Fiji $30
60. Finland $35
61. France $30
62. Gabon $30
63. Gambia $30
64. Georgia $30
65. Germany $30
66. Ghana $30
67. Greece $35
68. Grenada $30
69. Guatemala $30
70. Guinea $30
71. Guinea Bissau $30
72. Guyana $30
73. Haiti $30
74. Hong Kong $30
75. Honduras $30
76. Hungary $30
77. Iceland $35
78. India $40
79. Indonesia $30
80. Iran $30
81. Iraq $30
82. Ireland $35
83. Israel $30
84. Italy $35
85. Jamaica $30
86. Japan $30
87. Jordan $30
88. Kazakhstan $30
89. Kenya $30
90. Kiribati $30
91. Kuwait $30
92. Kyrgyzstan $30
93. Latvia $30
94. Lebanon $30
95. Lesotho $30
96. Liberia $30
97. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya $30
98. Liechtenstein $35
99. Lithuania $30
100. Luxembourg $35
101. Macau $30
102. Madagascar $30
103. Malawi $30
104. Malaysia $30
105. Maldives $30
106. Mali $30
107. Marshall Islands $30
108. Mauritania $30
109. Mauritius $30
110. Mexico $30
111. Micronesia $30
112. Moldova $30
113. Monaco $35
114. Mongolia $30
115. Montenegro $301
116. Morocco $30
117. Mozambique $30
118. Myanmar $30
119. Namibia $30
120. Nauru $30
121. Nepal $40
122. Netherlands $35
123. New Zealand $30
124. Nicaragua $30
125. Niger $30
126. Nigeria $30
127. Norway $35
128. Oman $30
129. Pakistan $40
130. Palau $30
131. Panama $30
132. Papua New Guinea $30
133. Paraguay $30
134. Peru $30
135. Philippines $30
136. Poland $30
137. Portugal $35
138. Qatar $30
139. South Korea $30
140. Romania $30
141. Russian Federation $30
142. Rwanda $30
143. Saint Kitts & Nevis $30
144. Saint Lucia $30
145. Saint Vincent & The Grenadines $30
146. Samoa $30
147. San Marino $30
148. Sao Tome & Principe $30
149. Saudi Arabia $30
150. Senegal $30
151. Serbia $30
152. Seychelles $30
153. Sierra Leone $30
154. Singapore $30
155. Slovakia $30
156. Slovenia $30
157. Solomon Islands $30
158. Somalia $30
159. South Africa $30
160. Spain $35
161. Sri Lanka $40
162. Sudan $30
163. Suriname $30
164. Swaziland $30
165. Sweden $31
166. Switzerland $35
167. Syrian Arab Republic $30
168. Taiwan $30
169. Tajikistan $30
170. Thailand $30
171. Tanzania $30
172. Yugoslavia $30
173. Timor Leste $30
174. Togo $30
175.Tonga $30
176. Trinidad & Tobago $30
177. Tunisia $30
178. Turkey $35
179. Turkmenistan $30
180. Tuvalu $30
181. Uganda $30
182. Ukraine $30
183. United Arab Emirates $30
184. United States of America $35
185. Uruguay $30
186. Uzbekistan $30
187. Vauatu $30
188.Venezuela $30
189. Vietnam $20
190. Yemen $30
191. Zambia $30
192. Zimbabwe $30
 In addition to these fees there was an inexplicable $1 "Service Charge" payable despite it not being after hours, and a further $1 payable if you had not brought along a passport sized photograph.

Sim Card information:
1. Unitel (or StarPhone): is the largest provider in the country with the best overall coverage. It offers customers 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE services and the prices and packages are relatively good compared to other providers. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for LAK10,000, which comes with LAK5,000 credit. Once you have registered your personal information to activate the SIM card, a further LAK10,000 credit will be activated on the phone.
There’s also a data-only SIM card available called Sim Net, which can be purchased for LAK10,000 and comes with 300MB of data. Once you register your personal information with the provider you will receive an extra 300MB data.
Unitel’s APN: unitel3g, and website:http://unitel.com.la
2. Lao Telecom (LaoTel): LaoTel is the second largest provider in the country with good overall coverage. It offers customers 3G and 4G/LTE services and the prices and packages are relatively good. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for LAK5,000, which comes with LAK5,000 credit. The standard default data rate is charged at LAK300 perMB. Lao Telecom also offers good Wi-Fi hotspots in Vientiane and other key areas.
Voice and data SIM cards are also available for LAK5,000 and come with varying options, so check with the retailer at time of purchase.
Lao Telecom also has a SIM Net data-only SIM card which can be purchased for LAK30,000, or LAK40,000 for a Micro SIM.
Lao Tel’s APN: ltcnet, and website:http://www.laotel.com
3. Beeline: Beeline has the third largest market share in Laos, but offers the fastest speeds. There is a 4G/LTE network in the pipeline, however, their 3G service is good. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores or approved resellers and so can credit, which can also be purchased at supermarkets or corner stores. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased for LAK10,000, which comes with LAK5,000 credit.
Beeline’s APN: beelinenet, and website:http://www.beeline.la
4. ETL
ETL is the smallest provider and has the worst coverage out of all four networks. Their 3G platform is extremely limited and they can’t offer a 4G/LTE platform yet. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers, and credit can also be picked up from supermarkets and corner stores. The standard default data rate is charged at LAK300 perMB.
ETL’s APN: etlnet, and website:http://www.etllao.com
Ask the sellers to set up the SIM for you, since they will know how to do it. If not, follow the instructions we have highlighted above or go to the official operator website to seek advice.
All networks require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible phone. To double check you have this phone, contact your provider before you set off on your travels.

Some essential advise about tourists attraction,  when you visit Laos:
1. Wear a Skimpy Bikini: If you plan on taking a swim, especially in one of the world’s greatest bodies of water known as the Mekong River, you’ll want to cover up. Most Laotians wear shorts and T-shirts when they’re in the water, so your best bet is to cover up as, well. Skimpy bikinis and bathing suits are a no-no. And at night, it’s advisable for women to wear a sarong when they go for a dip.
2. Keep Valuables in Your Pockets: This is probably a no-brainer, but you definitely shouldn’t keep any valuables in your pockets. According to travel advisories, pickpocketing is huge throughout the country, especially where tourists convene. Also, make sure to remove all of your possessions out of your vehicle, and hold on tight to your purse while walking down the street.
3. Touch Strangers
Laotians appreciate a big, warm smile. They also expect you to greet them by joining your hands together in a praying gesture. But touching, other than a handshake between males, is considered embarrassing to the natives.
4. Raise Your Voice: If you need to express negative emotions, you’re out of luck when dealing with a native of Laos. Raising your voice in public and showing anger towards a Laotian will result in them calmly walking away. It’s best to keep a level head in all situations if you want to resolve your problems.
5. Wear Revealing Clothing: Walking around the touristy areas and in the streets of Laos means you should always be dressed conservatively. Many of the cities are homes to historical sites and sacred temples, so showing respect through your clothing choices is encouraged. Arms, shoulders, and knees should be covered at all times.
6. Provide Your Passport as Collateral: In many tourist areas, you can rent out bicycles and motorbikes to make your way around town. But many of these small shop owners are actually scammers, and tourists are their victims. If a shop asks you to leave your passport as collateral for a bike rental, you should always refuse. Many of the shops will rent out equipment, and then have someone “steal” the bike. The tourist is charged a hefty fee, and sometimes, their passports are held until they fork over the cash.
7. Touch a Monk’s Robe…Especially If You’re Female: Monks are well-respected in Laos, and they should be treated with dignity and honor. This means you should always be cautious when it comes to your interactions. Women, especially, are prohibited from touching monks’ shoes and robes.
8. Stand Up Tall While Walking Past the Elderly: In Laos, the polite thing to do when passing by a seated elder is to crouch by ducking your head down below them. This is the ultimate sign of respect, and it lets them know that you don’t think you’re above them. Also, you should always refrain from touching their heads.